If they are not already part of your annual roofing maintenance, you should make professional roof inspections a priority moving forward. Having a professional roofing contractor come in to examine your roof can result in the discovery of signs of damage, wear and age that you would not be able to identify yourself, and can help you proactively fix problems before they cause all sorts of expensive and damaging complications within the interior of your home. Knowing what three common types of damage that professional roof inspections check for can help you understand why you should make such an inspection a regular part of your roofing maintenance schedule.
The sun's rays can cause a significant amount of damage to your roofing materials, especially softer materials like asphalt shingles and wooden shakes and shingles. UV radiation will bleach the color from these materials, but will also make them less structurally strong by drying them out and degrading the stain or sealant on top of them, making cracks, warping, and other forms of physical damage more likely. UV radiation damage may not be visible from the ground, especially if the entire roof has no shade at all, and a professional will be able to determine how far gone your roof is.
Another common reason for roofing damage is because of temperature changes throughout the year. Cold weather will make shingles, roofing panels, and all other types of roofing materials to shrink, while heat will cause them to expand. For asphalt shingles, this can cause cracking and splitting, while metal roofs can suffer from strain on their fasteners and connectors (not to mention humidity exposure encouraging rust and corrosion to develop). Other types of roofing material are susceptible to similar types of damage due to changes in the weather throughout the year, and professional inspections will be able to determine when you should replace strained or damaged sections of your roofing.
Beyond damage to your roofing materials themselves, a professional roofing inspection will also check for interior damage within your attic and other areas of your home. These inspections will be able to determine if leaks have managed to cause damage to the insulation behind your home's siding or underneath the roof: such damage can make it easier for exterior temperatures to seep into the interior of your home, where they can reduce your family's comfort and also cause your HVAC system to work harder and longer to maintain a stable temperature, increasing monthly energy bills.
Talk to a company like Hinckley Roofing to learn more.